Shaping Healthy Cities for and with Children

Live the change you want to see in the world! We just published our report in relation to the involvement and impact at the 9th World Urban Forum. Click here and learn how we made a difference and reached more than 35,000 people with our message that children’s health and wellbeing in cities should be the heart of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

Activating the Urban Commons: How do we make Canberra a sharing city?

Together with our partners the Green Institute, SEE- Change and the Frank Fenner Foundation we are hosting a book launch and panel followed by an open conversation. Where: ANU Food Co-op, 10th April 2018, 6- 7.30 pm. We hope to see you there. Register here:

Invitation to “Shaping healthy cities for and with children”

You are invited to attend our Side networking event at the upcoming World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

When: Sunday 11th Feb. 2018 9:00 – 11:00 am
Where: Room 406 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Success to create safe, inclusive, accessible, green and public spaces for all, requires us to address the importance of children’s health and well-being in cities.
Child healthy cities need to embrace the ‘Right to the City’ concept and ensure that no one is left behind where all children have the ‘Right to Play’.

This side networking event is a platform for knowledge exchange and networking amongst stakeholders that enable tangible actions on a grassroots level and a city level worldwide committed to improving the health and well-being of the next generation.
Voices for change on the panel include:
• Dr. Luisa Bravo – President of City Space Architecture
• Ms Sudeshna Chatterjee – Board member of the International Play Association
• Ms Bryony Cooper – Sustainable Transport Policy Expert as Moderator
• Ms Joyati Das – Human Rights Activities and Associate Future Cities Research Cluster Melbourne University
• Dr. Manfredo Manfredini – University of Auckland
• Mr Gregor H. Mews – Founder & Director, Urban Synergies Group and University of Canberra
• Dr. Hendrik Tieben – Chinese University of Hong Kong
In order to harness the collective wisdom in the room the focus will be on the engagement with the audience. Together we will workshop tangible actions that can help to drive change, empower children and adolescents.

We look forward seeing you in Kuala Lumpur soon.

Season Greetings

On behalf of the team at Urban Synergies Group, we wish you and your loved ones a very happy, relaxing and harmonious festive season. 2017 has been a very big year for all of us including many achievements and opportunities to drive meaningful change.

A full list of our activities in 2017 can be accessed at

Collectively we developed and globally distributed many add value resources that can be accessed at  and we reached more than 350.000 people and 700 different stakeholder groups worldwide.

All resources are freely accessible on our website. Our membership continues to grow which will allow us to draw of a unique set of interdisciplinary skill sets.

Feel free to check out our team at

We look forward to shaping healthy spaces in even more communities worldwide in 2018, thanks to your genuine interest, trust and kind support.

Please accept our invitation to attend our side networking event at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur in February 2018.

Very warm wishes,

Gregor Mews,
Founder and Director of USG

Network Event – Children’s Health and Wellbeing

We are planning a Side networking event for the World Urban Forum between 7th-13 February 2018 – watch this space for the interdisciplinary line up of world experts in relation to children’s health and wellbeing in urban systems advocating for better outcomes, based on our findings from „Shaping Spaces for Gen Z“. More information can be accessed soon under